Zach Galifianakis

by ethnic on April 27, 2010

Birth Name: Zachary Knight Galifianakis

Place of Birth: Wilkesboro, Wilkes, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 1, 1969

*Greek (father)
*Scottish, English, as well as small amounts of Welsh, French Huguenot, and Irish (mother)

Zach Galifianakis is an American comedian, actor, and writer.

His father is of Greek descent. His mother has Scottish, English, and small amounts of Welsh, French Huguenot, and Irish, ancestry. Zach was baptized in his father’s Greek Orthodox church.

Zach is married to Quinn Lundberg, co-founder of the Growing Voices charity. The couple has two children. His cousin is cartoonist Nick Galifianakis, and his uncle is politician Nick Galifianakis, both of whom have the same name.

Zach’s paternal grandfather was Emmanuel “Mike” Galifianakis (the son of John Galifianakis and Katerina/Katherine Manouras). Emmanuel was born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

Zach’s paternal grandmother was Sophia Kastrinakis (the daughter of Leonidis Kastrinakis and Ephalia Derakis). Sophia was born in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

Zach’s maternal grandfather was Paul Lindsay Cashion (the son of Andrew Archer Cashion and Clara Elouise Grist). Andrew was the son of John Andrew Cashion and Fannie Beard. Clara was the daughter of John Taylor Grist and Mary Nancy Davis.

Zach’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Knight (the daughter of Rufus Merritt Knight and Mary Mcleod Morrison). Rufus was the son of John Wesley Knight and Rebecca Elizabeth Gilmore. Zach’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of John Allen Morrison and Mary Frances/Francis Smith.

Sources: Genealogy of Zach Galifianakis –

Obituary of Zach’s maternal grandfather, Paul Lindsay Cashion –

Genealogy of Zach’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Knight (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Interview with Zach, where he mentions his Greek background –

Interview with Movies Ireland; Zach mentions having Irish and French Huguenot ancestry –


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

cwm85 September 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

I see mixes of both but he definitely leans his mother’s ancestry more than Greek. There are plenty of welsh who share his hair and eye color especially.

The King February 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

Correction – zach said in an interview something about his mothers ancestors being French huguenot and Irish. It was from an interview with MoviesIreland or something like that.

Mena April 5, 2012 at 5:25 am

He doesnt look very Greek.. its obvious he s mixed..

Mike November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

His mother is Irish
source: (at 3:26)

Mena April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

that s why he doesnt look like most Greeks..

rafa June 11, 2011 at 4:55 am

hi we share common ancestors he is half greek mediterranean im half spanish mediterranean and im also half english like him and i resemble him same height and germanic looking just like him lol

kira May 23, 2010 at 8:24 pm
mrsjb May 23, 2010 at 2:56 pm

i love this dude

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